How-To: "Snowflake" Pumpkins.

by Chris Gardner

A paper pumpkin: easy, fun, inexpensive, festive, and.....asymmetrical. Even the steadiest of scissor-wielders can't get those chubby sides quite even. Unless, of course, you borrow a technique from a different holiday.

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Turns out, the easy-paper snowflake folding technique can work wonders on jack-o-lanterns, and, presumably, on all sorts of fall flair. Click here to head to MerMag for an easy photo how-to.

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Make Your Own Pixelated Portrait from Paint Chips.

by Chris Gardner

Earlier this month, Apartment Therapy Chicago featured a home with a pixelated portrait of Lincoln, which the owners created "by pixelating a photo and boiling it down to 9 shades of gray (both done in Photoshop). [Then they] built the canvas, gridded it off in 2 inch squares, and mixed the different shades of paint. At that point it basically became a paint by number."

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Then, some clever AT reader took the approach, and recreated the aesthetic...

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10 Ways to Green Residence Hall Life.

by Chris Gardner

Living on campus can be quite conducive to lowering your carbon impact...Sure, meal plans don't usually include slow food swipes, but living in close quarters can cut on energy costs, students walk and use public transportation often, and are all about reuse in the used textbook market and the semesterly dumpster dives.

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Wanna add a few more green gestures to dorm life? Check out these ten tips from author Diane Rixon. No longer...

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An Upside Down House.

by Chris Gardner

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I've seen a few over the years: homes with the facade flipped, roofs in the ground, patios pointed to the skies; though, inside, things are as usual, and perfectly liveable for those of us suffering from gravity.

But this new installation in Germany is something different all together: the floors are in the air, tables hang from above, and the toilets flush towards the heavens...

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DIY Themed Bookends.

by Chris Gardner

Simple, useful, and handmade. These are the kinds of projects the DIYosphere lives for.

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From EvilMadScientist: "We said that it's simple, and it is: it's a brick wrapped in a piece of paper...hese are "cement bricks" -- red dyed cement-- and cost about $0.25 each. Wrapping them up keeps them from scratching up your shelves and books." These left-brainers chose some Psis and brackets for their physics texts, but the technique is simple and could...

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